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I'm a reliable, thorough and very experienced proofreader, and I'm passionate about publishing. I've built my reputation on delivering high-quality work on time. Whatever your project, I will follow your brief and deal with any material sensitively, correcting spelling and grammatical errors and inconsistencies, as well as dealing with any layout problems, to ensure the intended message is clear while respecting the author's voice.
Please note that I am currently unable to work with self-publishing authors owing to a number of ongoing commitments.
Proofreading on hard copy, on-screen proofreading, proofreading against copy, proofreading in English translation, online proofreading (Pressbooks), on-screen copy-editing, copy-editing in English translation, development editing (educational titles only), proofreading German, copy-editing German, native speaker checks (German), limited translations (English–German), familiarity with US spellings and style conventions, anglicisation, proof collating, book reviews
Books, illustrated books, multi-author books, bilingual books, printed books, translated books, e-readers, online materials, web apps
Freelance since January 2012
- SfEP 30th annual conference Birmingham (2019)
- SfEP 29th annual conference Lancaster (2018)
- SfEP mini-conference Bristol (2018)
- SfEP Introduction to Fiction Editing distance learning course (2018)
- Publishing Training Centre (PTC) Basic Editing distance learning course (2017) – pass
- PTC Grammar at Work distance learning course (2017)
- SfEP Practical Mark-up of PDFs workshop (2017)
- SfEP/Society of Indexers 1st joint conference York (2015)
- SfEP proofreading mentoring scheme (2014)
- PTC Basic Proofreading distance learning course (2013) – merit
- SfEP Proofreading Problems study day (2012)
- Chapterhouse Proofreading and Editorial Skills distance learning course (2011)
Adult general non-fiction (art history, medieval history, modern history (Second World War, Hitler, Third Reich), popular science, medicine, biology, nutrition, biography, memoir, general knowledge, films, travel, antiques, sport, psychology, translated non-fiction), children's general non-fiction (biography, mental health, special educational needs), adult fiction (historical fiction, historical crime fiction, historical mystery, historical thriller, science fiction, fantasy, short stories, contemporary fiction, literary fiction, translated fiction), children's fiction/illustrated children's fiction (fantasy, adventure, diary, supernatural, anthology, short stories, poetry), YA fiction (thriller, crime, supernatural, fantasy), educational (GCSE revision [in German or English], German language teaching, ELT [esp. for German speakers])
Transworld, Icon Books, Penguin Random House Children's, Folens Publishers, Structo Press
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In November 2013 I set up the Three Counties group, one of the SfEP's local groups, encompassing the counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire, and was its coordinator until November 2017. The same month I was appointed tutor for some of the SfEP's online training courses for proofreading and copy-editing, and have since taken on over seventy students for both pathways, on both assessed and non-assessed courses.
I was delighted to have Petra proofread my manuscript – the fifth edition of How to Market Books. No author likes to think they need editing, and having the obvious errors (single noun, plural verb – did I really write that?) pointed out can be a stressful, if not humiliating experience. Petra was tactful and considerate throughout, and her list of queries showed how deeply she was concentrating. At one point, while going through her list, I had to resort to a cup of tea in order to fully admire the extent of her engagement. In short, my work was better for her involvement, and I am very grateful to Routledge for allocating her to me.
Alison Baverstock, author of How to Market Books (5th edn)
My copy-editor, Petra Bryce, demonstrated outstanding professionalism and skill.
Richard Davis, author of Hamas, Popular Support and War in the Middle East: Insurgency in the Holy Land
Our experience with Petra Bryce has been very positive. She delivered a great end product with an excellent turnaround. I highly recommend her.
August Felix, SEI Healthcare
Petra, thank you. I was under pressure from my publisher and suffering 'second album syndrome' with my new book.
Your diligence and speed has helped me feel much better about the whole affair. Not only that, I am delighted that I was able to 'modify a noun' – I didn't know I had it in me.
Drew de Soto, author of Know Your Onions: Web Design